What are comb jellies? (Invertebrate Phylum Ctenophora)
By: M E Skeel
Comb jellies look superficially like jellyfish and were once lumped with them in the phylum Coelenterata. Closer examination revealed that they are quite different structurally from jellyfish so comb jellies now have their own phylum, the Ctenophores. One important difference is that comb jellies do...
Life span of a dragonfly
By: Carole Meisenhelter
Nature lovers around the world still continue to be captivated by this eye-catching aquatic insect, the dragonfly. Belonging to the Odonata order, the dragonfly with its large bulging compound eyes, three smaller eyes known as ocelli, and two pair of sturdy multi-veined translucent wings, has...
What are echinoderms? (Phylum Echinodermata)
By: M E Skeel
Echinoderm: the name means spiny skin but we aren't talking about porcupines, unless we rename sea urchins the porcupines of the sea. Sea urchins are the spiniest members of the marine phylum Echinodermata. Other echinoderms are starfish, brittle stars, the lesser known crinoids, and the...
Paws, claws, and hooves: Foot adaptations in animals
By: Mika
Snowshoes, High Heels, Cleats, and Swim Fins<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />Shoes: you find them everywhere. From young toddlers to the elderly, people of all ages wear many different shoes in order to be stylish, stay warm, protect and support the feet...
Will we have the Ability to Morph into Animals or at least Develop their Traits
By: G E Barr
RHETORICAL OXYMORON OF A REDUNDANCYHuman beings are already like animals in their traits. Always have been to varying degrees and always will be to varying degrees.When human beings are born, at the most base level, they are like animals in that they are driven...
By: Janet Grischy
Depending on the particular species, the lifespan of a dragonfly may be somewhere between six months and perhaps five years. The first part of a dragonfly's life, as a naiad, a larva, is the longest. Some species of naiads can live in the water for...
Animal communication: Why do animals lie to each other?
By: Maryam Sardar
Communication between animals can be thought about through signals they send to each other. A signal occurs when the action of one animal leads another to change its behaviour voluntarily (because of the action of the first). Untruthful communication usually occurs when the signallers and...
What are comb jellies? (Invertebrate Phylum Ctenophora)
By: Padre Art
Simple creatures, the translucent lobate ctenophores are small, walnut shaped sacs of jelly with only a couple of specialized organs. These organs are used to detect chemical traces in water to help locate food and a statocyst to help the "sea walnut" determine its altitude...
What are sipunculids (peanut worms)? (Invertebrate phylum Sipuncula)
By: M E Skeel
You may think that if you have seen one worm, you have seen them all. In fact there are many different sorts of worms, some so completely unlike the others that they are placed in their own major groups. The invertebrate phylum Sipuncula is one...
What are echiurids (spoon worms)? (Invertebrate phylum Echiura)
By: M E Skeel
Polychaetes, platyhelminthes, velvet worms, earthworms, peanut worms, pogonophorans and priapulids... one could be forgiven for thinking that there were no more kinds of worms to discuss in the Zoology channel.... but wait! there's more! May I pull aside the curtains of ignorance and allow the...

 

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